Hamburg hydrogen initiative releases 100MW electrolyzer plan

Potential affiliates in the German city of Hamburg are joining forces with Vattenfall and Shell to deliver a promising and potential green hydrogen network that encompasses the plans of development of 100 megawatts electrolyzer. 

Speculations have it that Hamburg Authority and other 11 companies have potentially collaborated with the Hamburg Green Hydrogen Hub, including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Warme Hamburg and the above mentioned companies, to form a consortium.

As per credible reports, the application proposed by these companies to the EU-wide, ‘Important prospects of Common European Interest (IPCEI)’ funding initiative, includes nine complementary projects all in the close vicinity of the Port of Hamburg, connecting hydrogen production, distribution, and use across an expansive range of applications.

Reports suggest that the network partners’ project, by 2026, would be able to reduce the toxic CO2 emission in the city by 170,000 tons annually.

The nine projects, which are expected to tentatively come to action by 2026, includes the Hamburg Green Hydrogen Hub, which plans to jointly produce hydrogen from solar and wind power at the Hamburg-Mooburg power plant facility supplying a 100 megawatts electrolyzer.

Meanwhile, another of the nine planned projects is ArcelorMittal’s Hamburg plant. It has been reported that the ArcelorMittal’s plant would be converted to climate-neutral streel production in four steps by 2030 end, as a part of the H2H project.

These projects are said to include the development of a hydrogen-driven demonstration plant for the technological upgradation of the current direct reduction plant and the direct reduction of iron ore to substitute the long term use of natural gas with green hydrogen.

Commenting on the latest development, CEO of the Hamburg Port Authority, Jens Meier has cited that hydrogen fuel tank infrastructure in the Hamburg harbor area enables emission-free traffic in the heavily used area and forms a vital step towards decarbonization in the nation.

Additionally, the network, through this initiative and projects development, should be able to potentially produce distinct positive spillover effects throughout the German and European economies.

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